A4A contests Air Serbia-Etihad codeshare application

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore October 24, 2013 14:31

A4A contests Air Serbia-Etihad codeshare application

Airlines for America (A4A) has submitted a response to the US Department of Transportation regarding the joint application of Etihad Airways and Air Serbia for codeshare authority, calling the request “bizarre”. A4A is concerned about fair competition of privately held commercial air carriers with state-supported carriers.

“We oppose the Application. Because the service proposal can fairly be described as bizarre, at best, and JAT reportedly is receiving substantial state aid, the public interest does not support granting it. Furthermore, the Application and information in the public domain indicate that JAT, rebranded as Air Serbia, is (or soon will be) under the effective control of a non-Serbian citizen. For these reasons, the Application should be denied.”

On September 19, 2013, Air Serbia applied for authority to place its existing code on Eithad’s flights from Abu Dhabi to Chicago O’Hare, New York’s John F. Kennedy and Washington Dulles airports, as well as several European airports.

JAT and Etihad are proposing codeshare services on routings from Belgrade (BEL) to New York (JFK), Washington (IAD), and Chicago (ORD) via Abu Dhabi (AUH).

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore October 24, 2013 14:31
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